Sunday, January 20, 2013
Elton's Surrogate Gets $30,200
It is only £3,000 more than he and partner David Furnish shelled out to the same woman for delivering first son Zachary, two.
And if they want a third kid with the donor — now a family friend — they will have to shell out just £21,675.
We revealed last week that 8lb 4oz Elijah Joseph Daniel Furnish-John was born in LA on January 11.
David, 50, was named as his mum on his birth certificate.
Don’t Go Breaking My Heart singer Elton, 65, paid so little because he used the Center for Surrogate Parenting in Encino, California, which specialises in gay couples.
It has also strict rules about the women they use. They must not be on benefits, must not smoke, must be physically fit and must already be bringing up a child of their own — to prevent separation issues.
An insider said: “They do it so they can bring joy and light to married and gay couples who wouldn’t otherwise be able to have children.”
Elton is worth £222million and rakes in £70,000 in royalties every day. But most of that counts for nothing because the rules state mums are paid only £17,340 for a first child, £20,437 for a second and £21,675 for a third.
They also get expenses but they are capped to block millionaires paying cash under the table and to stop “baby-farming” by creating kids to sell.
Extra payments include £2,500 for pain and distress if a C-section is needed.
Frasier actor Kelsey Grammer, 57, and ex-wife Camille used the same surrogate as Elton to have two kids.
- The Sun
SIR Elton John’s second baby has cost the multi- millionaire rocker £20,437 in fees to the surrogate mum.
That’s £3,000 more than he and his partner David Furnish paid the same woman for giving birth to first son Zachary.
And if they want a third tot with the donor – whom they now describe as a family friend – they’ll have to shell out a further £21,675.
Elijah Joseph Daniel Furnish-John was born just over a week ago in Las Vegas, weighing 8lb 4oz.
Sir Elton, 65, and David, 50, a film director and producer, are believed to have used the same clinic in California and the same surrogate for both children.
The pair, who went through a civil partnership in 2005 after 12 years together, said the birth of their second child “completes our family in a most precious and perfect way”.
Sir Elton had spoken of wanting a playmate for Zachary, who was two on Christmas Day.
In July, the singer said: “I don’t want him to be an only child.”
The Center for Surrogate Parenting Inc in Encino, Los Angeles, which specialises in placing kids with gay couples, has rules about the type of women they have on their books and the financial compensation given by host parents to prevent money being the prime motivator.
Mums must not have been on benefits and must be financially secure. They cannot be smokers and must be physically fit and of normal weight.
They must also be bringing up a child of their own to prevent separation problems.
Last night an insider said: “The clinic is world renowned for the way it handles surrogacy and the women who do it are not there for the financial gain.
“They do it so they can bring joy and light to married and gay couples who would not otherwise be able to have children.
“The rules on money are strict and strictly policed to prevent the women making demands on the host parents and to prevent the host parents letting the money do the talking because this gets in the way of the true meaning of surrogacy.”
The centre’s rules state the mother is paid £17,340 for the first child, £20,437 for a second baby and £21,675 for a third.
Mums also get a range of capped expenses, which means millionaire host families cannot shower them with extra cash under the table.
These include £1,000 when the embryo is transferred, lost wages for the mum, child care and housekeeping bills of £200 a week, £750 for maternity clothing, £300 for life insurance and £750 for legal bills.Plus they get small amounts of cash to attend ante-natal meetings.
And if it is a Caesarean birth a further £2,500 must be paid to the mum for pain and distress.
- Daily Star